Sunday, June 14, 2009

"To the Tune of 'Sky-Clear Sand': Autumn Thoughts

Withered vine,
old tree,
crows.

A small bridge,
flowing water,
houses.

Ancient road,
west wind,
lean horse.

Sun sinking
in the west—

and a man,
crushed,
at the sky's edge." 

--Ma Chih-Y√ľan (1260-1324)
translated by Arthur Sze in The Silk Dragon (2001)

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